An all-Mozart programme exploring the composer’s glorious music for wind ensemble, performed by the outstanding period-instrument group Nachtmusique.
The ensemble is drawn from Europe’s most respected wind players, and brings its concert to a resounding conclusion with one of the most virtuostic and high-spirited works in the wind repertoire. Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’ Serenade is grand in every sense, with its almost orchestral scoring for 12 wind instruments and double bass and a remarkable depth of expression, from the playful to the profound.
In the first half, Nachtmusique reveals Mozart’s love affair with the newly invented clarinet and the basset horn, a precursor to the clarinet with a rich, dark sound, in short pieces full of radiant melody and effortless charm.
‘music-making on a level that is rarely heard’
Gazzetta del Sud
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Horn Duos K487
Divertimentos for three basset horns K439b
Adagio for clarinet and three basset horns K580a
Allegro for two clarinets and three basset horns K484b
Adagio for two clarinets and three basset horns K411
Overture to The Magic Flute (arr. Heidenreich)
Serenade in B fl at K361 'Gran Partita'